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Meat, poultry recalls nearly double since 2013, study finds

Recalls of food and poultry products have increased significantly since the nation’s last major food safety law, the Food Safety Modernization Act, passed in 2011.

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Recent high-profile recalls — from romaine lettuce to eggs to beef — reveal how fundamental flaws in our current food safety system have led to a jump in these recalls since 2013, a new report from the Public Interest Research Groups found.

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According to PIRG, overall recalls since 2013 increased 10 percent, but recalls of the most hazardous meat and poultry products rose 83 percent during the same time frame.

A report from the PIRG Education Fund, based on the study, says new technology might have contributed to the increase, but the reports reveals that element is inconsequential.

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“Americans should be confident that our food is safe and uncontaminated from dangerous bacteria like E. coli and Salmonella,” it states.

>> On FDA issues recalls for dry dog food

Key findings from this year’s report include:

  • An 83 percent increase in meat and poultry recalls that can cause serious health problems: USDA Class 1 recalls “involve a health hazard situation in which there is a reasonable probability that eating the food will cause health problems or death.” This includes recalls of beef for E. coli, poultry for Salmonella and others.
  • Food recalls overall increased by 10 percent between 2013-2018From crackers to children’s cereal to lettuce to meat, we’ve seen the total number of food recalls increase over the last six years.
  • Archaic laws allow meat producers to sell contaminated products: It is currently legal to sell meat that tests positive for dangerous strains of Salmonella. A case study of the recent recall of 12 million pounds of beef sold by JBS could likely have been prevented if it this policy was changed.
  • Bacteria-contaminated water used on vegetables and produce: A case study helps demonstrate how irrigation water polluted by fecal matter from a nearby cattle feedlot likely contaminated romaine lettuce with E. coli in the spring of 2018.

Why Martin Luther King Jr.'s father changed their names

When he was born Jan. 15, 1929, Martin Luther King Jr.’s name was Michael. It’s the name originally on his birth certificate.

He was named after his father, the Rev. Michael King, who was senior pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.

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In 1934, Ebenezer sent “Daddy King” to Europe for a Baptist World Alliance meeting. Although the meeting was in Berlin, King “traveled to Rome, Tunisia, Egypt, Jerusalem and Bethlehem” first, the Washington Post reported.

While in Berlin, the senior King witnessed the beginnings of Nazi Germany. Adolf Hitler had become chancellor the year before King’s arrival. 

“This Congress deplores and condemns as a violation of the law of God the Heavenly Father, all racial animosity, and every form of oppression or unfair discrimination toward the Jews, toward coloured people, or toward subject races in any part of the world,” the Baptists responded.

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King toured much of Germany, the country that is the birthplace of Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation, which lead to a split with the Catholic Church.

When he returned to Atlanta, the senior King decided to change his name and his son’s from Michael to Martin Luther, after the German Protestant leader, according to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford.

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"Thus we can see that Berlin was partly responsible for Martin Luther King, Jr., becoming the man we celebrate today," King Institute director Clayborne Carson said.

That is why King Jr.’s birth certificate — filed with the Georgia Department of Public Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics — was altered on July 23, 1957, when he was 28. “Michael” is crossed out, and “Martin Luther Jr.” is printed next to it.

Saturday Night Live recap: Rachel Brosnahan hosts first show of 2019

Amazon got a big boost Saturday when Rachel Brosnahan — the star of the streaming service’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel — took over as host for the first original episode of the new year. Oh, and Pete Davidson broke character and got a little awkward again at the Update Desk. Let’s roll!

Cold open

In a timely riff on the current government shutdown, Kenan Thompson brought out his Steve Harvey impression in a Deal or No Deal sketch featuring Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump, again. “Earlier in the day you went on TV and told the American people you want to make a deal,” Thompson’s Harvey said. “We decided to do this in the only format you can understand. A TV game show with women holding briefcases.” After offering to release “the kids from cages so they can be free-range kids,” Baldwin’s Trump shouted out the number five — not to select a briefcase, but to rate the women currently holding all those briefcases. “On the day of the Women’s March,” Thompson quipped. Good stuff, especially when Kate McKinnon took over as Nancy Pelosi and Alex Moffat played that “older Jewish woman” Chuck Schumer.


Brosnahan opened the show by reminding folks that her comedy is on Amazon — the same service that provides meat thermometers and D batteries. She didn’t get too much time on her own, though: cast members such as Cecily Strong and Thompson joined her on stage to sing a New Year’s resolution song called “Let’s Have Fun” — even though the government shutdown, Brexit, and the teacher’s strike is sucking the confetti out of their party poppers. Meh.

Best sketch: Action 9 News at Five

McKinnon played a pun-loving news anchor named Carol Kumdungeon covering an earthquake in downtown Sacramento, where people were in the process of changing their very awkward names in the social security office. Brosnahan portrayed a straight-faced doctor who helped to reveal the whereabouts of missing persons in the quake’s aftermath, such as Bill Kosbie, Ty Neadik, Morgan Mindy, Todd Kobell, Ivan Jerganov, and Pete Ophelia. Pete Davidson, as a fireman, had a hard time holding back the laughs.

Best short: Leave Me Alurn Introducing Leave Me Al????????????. #SNL— Saturday Night Live - SNL (@nbcsnl) January 20, 2019

To help ward off icky men who try to pick up women flying solo, Brosnahan and McKinnon shilled the Leave Me Alurn — a “portable urn for women travelers to make men think you are about to scatter your dad or grandpa’s ashes in a meaningful place so they back the hell up off.” It also triples as a phone charger and a portable cup!

Weekend Update

Colin Jost started it off with more of a reality check than a joke: “We were off for a month, but conveniently so was the government.” He then yukked it up about BuzzFeed’s Michael Cohen scoop, Trump’s “burger orgy” for the Clemson Tigers, and not trusting R. Kelly in a Claire’s boutique before inviting Sen. Elizabeth Warren (McKinnon) to the update desk. “I’m fighting for the middle class, I’m fighting for Medicare for all,” she said. “I’m like if Monday Night Raw was hosted by NPR’s Terry Gross.”

Jost then riffed on the night’s musical guest — Greta Van Fleet — by reporting how a Super Blood Wolf Moon will appear in the sky Sunday night, “which is a rare lunar eclipse and not as I had assumed, the name of the band that just performed on our show.” Davidson returned to the update desk to talk about the Clint Eastwood movie The Mule and invited former SNL scribe John Mulaney to join in on the discussion. But first, they felt a need to discuss Davidson’s real-life battles with mental health.

“I’ve been spending time with Pete to show him you can have a life in comedy that is not insane,” explained Mulaney. “A sober, domestic life.”

“Yeah, and after observing John’s life, I publicly threatened suicide,” Davidson said, before adding, “I’m sorry I shouldn’t make that joke. But it is funny.”

Mulaney then put his arms around Davidson said, “You are loved by many, and we are glad you are okay. Now back to The Mule.” Oh boy.

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James McAvoy and musical guest Meek Mill will take over on the Jan. 26 episode of SNL.

1 egg a day may help keep Type 2 diabetes away, new study says

One day they’re bad for you. The next day they’re “incredible.” Eggs have long been a contentious food.

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The benefits of eating eggs have been winning in the past few years, however. In fact, states, “eggs are pretty much the perfect food. They contain a little bit of almost every nutrient you need.”

new study out of Finland suggests another reason to enjoy an egg: It might stave off Type 2 diabetes. Type 2 — or adult onset — is the more common form of diabetes.

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Researchers at the University of Eastern Finland found that subjects who ate an egg every day had a blood metabolite profile related to a lower risk of Type 2 diabetes. A metabolite is a product of metabolism.

Eggs have long been a controversial food. Their high cholesterol content caused many people to avoid them. But the Cleveland Clinic says eating eggs in moderation is not only fine, but also beneficial.

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Citing a 2012 study in the journal Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care, it found that people who ate moderate amounts of eggs did not show increases in cholesterol when compared to those who cut eggs out of their diets completely.

Similar studies have found the antioxidants in eggs reduced the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer, and even helped to lower blood pressure.

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“Although it is too early to draw any causal conclusions, we now have some hints about certain egg-related compounds that may have a role in type 2 diabetes development,” said Stefania Noerman, early stage researcher and lead author of the study. “Further detailed investigations with both cell models and intervention studies in humans ... are needed to understand the mechanisms behind physiological effects of egg intake.”

2019 Producers Guild of America Awards: See the full list of winners

The Producers Guild of America Awards have established Green Book as the Best Picture Oscar frontrunner.

The Peter Farrelly-directed film took the PGA’s top honor Saturday night during a ceremony held at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, where television programs like The Americans, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story were also honored.

On the documentary side, Won’t You Be My Neighbor? took the PGA Award, while Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse triumphed among the animated nominees.

Made up of roughly 7,000 international film, television, and new media producers, the PGA — alongside fellow industry guilds like the Directors Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild — has deep influence in the entertainment industry, and it shares voting ranks with the Academy. This makes the industry guild one of the most reliable foretellers of Oscar tastes, particularly in the Best Picture race.

Since the group’s inaugural ceremony honoring films from 1989, every PGA winner has gone on to either win (20 titles) or receive a nomination (the remaining 10, including Gravity, which tied with 12 Years a Slave in 2014) for Best Picture Oscar. Last year’s champion The Shape of Water broke a rare two-year dry spell for PGA-Academy agreement, taking both the PGA Award and Best Picture.

Following the Academy and the PGA both broadening their number of nomination slots in 2009, the PGA has nominated between seven and nine (out of 10 total PGA nominees versus the Academy’s sliding scale between five and 10) films per year that eventually follow up with a Best Picture nod. Last year, seven PGA nominees ultimately showed up among the Academy’s nominees.

Check out the full list of 2019 PGA Award winners below.


The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures Black Panther (Producer: Kevin Feige) BlacKkKlansman (Producers: Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Raymond Mansfield, Jordan Peele, Spike Lee) Bohemian Rhapsody (Producer: Graham King) Crazy Rich Asians (Producers: Nina Jacobson & Brad Simpson, John Penotti) The Favourite (Producers: Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday, Yorgos Lanthimos) *WINNER: Green Book (Producers: Jim Burke, Charles B. Wessler, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga) A Quiet Place (Producers: Michael Bay, Andrew Form, Brad Fuller) Roma (Producers: Gabriela Rodríguez, Alfonso Cuarón) A Star Is Born (Producers: Bill Gerber, Bradley Cooper, Lynette Howell Taylor) Vice (Producers: Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Kevin Messick, Adam McKay)

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Motion Pictures The Dawn Wall (Producers: Josh Lowell, Peter Mortimer, Philipp Manderla) Free Solo (Producers: Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin, Evan Hayes, Shannon Dill) Hal (Producers: Christine Beebe, Jonathan Lynch, Brian Morrow) Into the Okavango (Producer: Neil Gelinas) RBG (Producers: Betsy West, Julie Cohen) Three Identical Strangers (Producers: Becky Read, Grace Hughes-Hallett) *WINNER: Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (Producers: Nicholas Ma, Caryn Capotosto)

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (Producers: Chris Meledandri, Janet Healy) Incredibles 2 (Producers: John Walker, Nicole Grindle) Isle of Dogs (Producers: *Eligibility Determination Pending*) Ralph Breaks the Internet (Producer: Clark Spencer) *WINNER: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Producers: Avi Arad, Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, Amy Pascal, Christina Steinberg)


The Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television – Drama *WINNER: The Americans — Season 6 (Producers: Joe Weisberg, Joel Fields, Chris Long, Graham Yost, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Stephen Schiff, Mary Rae Thewlis, Tracey Scott Wilson, Peter Ackerman, Joshua Brand) Better Call Saul — Season 4 (Producers: Peter Gould, Vince Gilligan, Mark Johnson, Melissa Bernstein, Thomas Schnauz, Gennifer Hutchison, Nina Jack, Diane Mercer, Gordon Smith, Alison Tatlock, Ann Cherkis, Bob Odenkirk, Robin Sweet) The Handmaid’s Tale — Season 2 (Producers: Bruce Miller, Warren Littlefield, Elisabeth Moss, Daniel Wilson, Fran Sears, Mike Barker, Sheila Hockin, Eric Tuchman, Kira Snyder, Yahlin Chang, Frank Siracusa, John Weber, Joseph Boccia, Dorothy Fortenberry, Margaret Atwood, Ron Milbauer) Ozark — Season 2 (Producers: Jason Bateman, Chris Mundy, Bill Dubuque, Mark Williams, David Manson, Alyson Feltes, Ryan Farley, Patrick Markey, Matthew Spiegel, Erin Mitchell) This Is Us —Season 3 (Producers: Dan Fogelman, Isaac Aptaker, Elizabeth Berger, John Requa, Glenn Ficarra, Ken Olin, Charles Gogolak, Jess Rosenthal, Steve Beers, KJ Steinberg, Kevin Falls, Julia Brownell, Vera Herbert, Bekah Brunstetter, Shukree Hassan Tilghman, Cathy Mickel Gibson, Nick Pavonetti)

The Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television – Comedy Atlanta — Season 2 (Producers: *Eligibility Determination Pending*) Barry — Season 1) (Producers: Alec Berg, Bill Hader, Aida Rodgers, Emily Heller, Liz Sarnoff) GLOW — Season 2 (Producers: Jenji Kohan, Liz Flahive, Carly Mensch, Tara Herrmann, Mark A. Burley, Nick Jones, Kim Rosenstock, Sascha Rothchild, Leanne Moore) The Good Place — Season 3 (Producers: Michael Schur, David Miner, Morgan Sackett, Drew Goddard, Josh Siegal, Dylan Morgan, Joe Mande, Megan Amram, David Hyman, Jen Statsky) *WINNER: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel — Season 2 (Producers: Amy Sherman?Palladino, Daniel Palladino, Dhana Rivera Gilbert, Sheila Lawrence)

The David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Limited Series Television *WINNER: The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story — Season 2 (Producers: Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Alexis Martin Woodall, Tom Rob Smith, Daniel Minahan, Brad Falchuk, Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski, Chip Vucelich, Maggie Cohn, Eric Kovtun, Lou Eyrich, Eryn Krueger Mekash) Escape at Dannemora (Producers: Ben Stiller, Nicholas Weinstock, Michael De Luca, Bryan Zuriff, Brett Johnson, Michael Tolkin, Bill Carraro, Adam Brightman, Lisa M. Rowe) Maniac (Producers: Patrick Somerville, Cary Joji Fukunaga, Michael Sugar, Doug Wald, Jonah Hill, Emma Stone, Pal Kristiansen, Anne Kolbjørnsen, Espen Huseby, Carol Cuddy, Mauricio Katz, Caroline Williams, Ashley Zalta, Jessica Levin, Jon Mallard) The Romanoffs (Producers: *Eligibility Determination Pending*) Sharp Objects (Producers: *Eligibility Determination Pending*)

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Streamed or Televised Motion Pictures *WINNER: Fahrenheit 451 (Producers: Sarah Green, Ramin Bahrani, Michael B. Jordan, Alan Gasmer, Peter Jaysen, David Coatsworth) King Lear (Producers: *Eligibility Determination Pending*) My Dinner With Hervé (Producers: *Eligibility Determination Pending*) Paterno (Producers: Barry Levinson, Jason Sosnoff, Tom Fontana, Edward R. Pressman, Rick Nicita, Lindsay Sloane, Amy Herman) Sense8: Together Until the End (Producers: *Eligibility Determination Pending*)

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television 30 for 30 — Season 9 (Producers: Connor Schell, John Dahl, Libby Geist, Erin Leyden, Adam Neuhaus, Jenna Anthony, Gentry Kirby, Marquis Daisy, Deirdre Fenton) *WINNER: Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown — Season 11, Season 12 (Producers: Anthony Bourdain, Christopher Collins, Lydia Tenaglia, Sandra Zweig) Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath — Season 3 (Producers: *EligibilityDetermination Pending*) Queer Eye — Season 1, Season 2 (Producers: David Collins, Michael Williams, Rob Eric, Jennifer Lane, Jordana Hochman, Mark Bracero, Rachelle Mendez) Wild Wild Country — Season 1 (Producers: Mark Duplass, Jay Duplass, Josh Braun, Dan Braun, Juliana Lembi)

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment & Talk Television The Daily Show With Trevor Noah — Season 24 (Producers: Trevor Noah, Steve Bodow, Jennifer Flanz, Jill Katz, Justin Melkmann, David Kibuuka, Zhubin Parang, Max Browning, Eric Davies, Pamela DePace, Ramin Hedayati, Elise Terrell, Dave Blog, Adam Chodikoff, Jimmy Donn, Jeff Gussow, Kira Klang Hopf, Allison MacDonald, Ryan Middleton) *WINNER: Last Week Tonight With John Oliver — Season 5 (Producers: *EligibilityDetermination Pending*) The Late Show With Stephen Colbert — Season 4 (Producers: Stephen Colbert, Chris Licht, Tom Purcell, Jon Stewart, Barry Julien, Denise Rehrig, Tanya Michnevich Bracco, Paul Dinello, Matt Lappin, Opus Moreschi, Emily Gertler, Aaron Cohen, Michael Brumm, Paige Kendig, Jake Plunkett) Real Time With Bill Maher — Season 16 (Producers: Bill Maher, Scott Carter, Sheila Griffiths, Marc Gurvitz, Billy Martin, Dean E. Johnsen, Chris Kelly, Matt Wood) Saturday Night Live — Season 44 (Producers: *Eligibility Determination Pending*)

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Game & Competition Television The Amazing Race — Season 30 (Producers: Jerry Bruckheimer, Bertram van Munster, Jonathan Littman, Elise Doganieri, Mark Vertullo) America’s Got Talent — Season 13 (Producers: *Eligibility Determination Pending*) *WINNER: RuPaul’s Drag Race — Season 10 (Producers: *Eligibility Determination Pending*) Top Chef — Season 15 (Producers: Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz, Casey Kriley, Tom Colicchio, Padma Lakshmi, Doneen Arquines, Tara Siener, Justin Rae Barnes, Blake Davis, Wade Sheeler, Brian Fowler, Elida Carbajal Araiza, Zoe Jackson, Patrick Schmedeman, Diana Schmedeman) The Voice — Season 14, Season 15 (Producers: John de Mol, Mark Burnett, Audrey Morrissey, Stijn Bakkers, Chad Hines, Amanda Zucker, Kyra Thompson, Teddy Valenti, Carson Daly)

The Award for Outstanding Short-Form Program Biography: History, Herstory — Season 1 Carpool Karaoke: The Series — Season 2 *WINNER: Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee — Season 5 Her America: 50 Women, 50 States — Season 1 Kevin Hart: What the Fit — Season 1

The Award for Outstanding Sports Program *WINNER: Being Serena — Season 1 E:60 — 2018 Hard Knocks: Training Camp With the Cleveland Browns — Season 13 Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel — Season 24 SportsCenter With Scott Van Pelt — Season 4

The Award for Outstanding Children’s Program Fuller House — Season 4 PJ Masks — Season 2 A Series of Unfortunate Events — Season 2 *WINNER: Sesame Street — Season 48 Teen Titans Go! — Season 4


Milestone Award: Toby Emmerich Stanley Kramer Award: Jane Fonda Visionary Award: Kenya Barris David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures: Kevin Feige Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television: Amy Sherman-Palladino

See the stars who took part in the 2019 Women's March

Celebrities like Connie Britton, Marissa Tomei, and Lauren Jauregui joined the thousands of men and women who participated Saturday in Women’s Marches across the country. While rallies were staged in cities like Washington D.C., San Francisco, Houston, and Chicago, waves upon waves of placard-waving Angelenos filled Pershing Square in downtown L.A. to promote equality and hear words of inspiration from speakers like Britton, who began her time on the dais by saying “you are all making me real emotional.”

“It’s year three of the women’s march,” said Britton. “These marches are important to show how powerful we are. We are unified for one vision, for a better country and a better world. This women’s march belongs to all of us.”

Orange Is the New Black’s Laverne Cox spoke of LGTBQ rights and the ongoing #MeToo movement.

“We are collectively traumatized by the reckoning happening in our country right now because of sexual harassment,” Cox said to the crowd. “I refuse to be a victim … I am a survivor. We are survivors.”

Britton and Cox were joined on stage by Tomei, Sarah Hyland, Lance Bass, Jauregui, Adam Rippon, Rosanna Arquette, Lea Thompson, Ricki Lake, Evan Rachel Wood, and Lisa Ann Walter. Helping to coordinate the massive event was Deena Katz, the longtime head of casting for Dancing with the Stars. Katz played a significant role in the first-ever L.A. march after Donald Trump’s inauguration and has remained active ever since.

Meanwhile, marchers in New York City were treated to a surprise appearance by Bryan Cranston, who came out of the window of his Broadway theater where he’s currently starring in Network. He gleefully showed his support for all the participants.

Taking a stand at @wmnsmarchla with @evanrachelwood! #WomensMarchLA #TruthToPower— UCLA Women's Soccer (@UCLAWSoccer) January 19, 2019 #IG | Lauren with @LanceBass today #WomensMarchLA— Lauren Jauregui Updates (@LMJUpdates) January 19, 2019 Lea Thompson with Rosanna Arquette #WomensMarchLA— Lynette Rice (@Lynetterice) January 19, 2019 I love @ingridmusic so much. Her music was on repeat during my darkest days. Yes, I was fan-girling at the #WomensMarchLA #grateful ????????????????— Ricki Lake (@RickiLake) January 19, 2019 @BryanCranston Came out to greet the crowd#WomensMarchNYC #womensmarch2019— Postcards for America (@postcards4USA) January 19, 2019

Glass director M. Night Shyamalan talks ending of movie

Warning: This article contains major spoilers for Glass.


So, did Shyamalan always have in mind this kind of conclusion to the movie trilogy he began with 2000’s Unbreakable and continued with 2017’s Split?

“I did,” he says. “I always thought it was a little bit of like an opera, even when I was starting on Unbreakable. I thought this was a very operatic end to it all [with] people screaming and all of these kinds of implications. It was about implications more than anything. I’m a big fan of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest as you can probably tell. The format of that movie just blew me away when I saw it. The idea that the journey of the main character gets fulfilled by another character is a very powerful idea.”

While the ending of Glass leaves the door open for further tales in the Unbreakable realm, Shyamalan confirms that it is a fictional world to which he is unlikely to return.

“I have a lot of original stories I want to tell,” says the director. “I’m an original filmmaker and I want to keep on telling new stories and new characters. It’s fun for me to figure out a new language, and then learn it, and try to get an audience in two hours to learn, and accept it, and really find their way.”

U.S. Figure Skater John Coughlin Dies of Apparent Suicide at 33 After Being Suspended from Sport

Former U.S. figure skater John Coughlin died in Kansas City on Friday, according to his sister Angela Laune. He was 33.

“My wonderful, strong, amazingly compassionate brother John Coughlin took his own life earlier today,” Laune wrote on Facebook. “I have no words.”

The Kansas City Police Department has not yet issued a police report, but Sergeant Jake Becchina confirmed to PEOPLE that officers were dispatched to the 10900 block of Washington Street on Friday at approximately 4:54 p.m. in response to an apparent death by suicide. Becchina confirmed that the deceased was identified as John Coughlin of Kansas City.

Coughlin was a two-time U.S. Pairs Champion and worked as a coach, TV commentator and skater with U.S. Figure Skating and the International Skating Union. He participated in two world championships, placing sixth in 2011 and eighth in 2012.

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According to USA Today, on Dec. 17, SafeSport — an organization that has “exclusive jurisdiction over sexual misconduct” in the Olympic loop and investigates other abuse allegations across multiple sports — restricted Coughlin’s eligibility to participate in figure skating pending final resolution of a matter presented to them. On Jan. 8, Coughlin resigned from his post as U.S. brand manager for John Wilson Blades, a skating blade retail company, USA Today reported.

On Thursday, SafeSport called for an “temporary suspension” of Coughlin, according to a release from the Professional Skating Association that was sent to members and obtained by PEOPLE.

The statement noted that Coughlin was “prohibited from participating, in any capacity, in any activity or competition authorized by, organized by, or under the auspices of the United States Olympic Committee, the national governing bodies recognized by the United States Olympic Committee, including U.S. Figure Skating, and/or a Local Affiliated Organization of a national governing body recognized by the United States Olympic Committee.”

U.S. Figure Skating then followed up with their own suspension, according to the statement, noting he was suspended “pending final resolution of the matter by the U.S. Center for Safesport.”

The details of the investigation or why he was suspended were not provided, as it is against SafeSport’s policy to comment on ongoing investigations.

“A suspension means there have been enough allegations or concern about safety to where we say, ‘This person just cannot participate at all,'” a source familiar with SafeSport’s process tells PEOPLE, explaining the difference between restricted status and interim suspension.

While some people have been calling for SafeSport to continue their investigation into Coughlin, the source says the center only operates on concerns of safety, rather than punishment, and they likely would not continue investigations after someone has died.

“We don’t suspend people as punishment,” the source says. “We suspend people when there’s a concern of imminent harm.”

However, the source says some allegations might be reported to law enforcement, which may continue to investigate.

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On Jan. 7, Coughlin told USA Today the allegations against him were “unfounded.”

“While I wish I could speak freely about the unfounded allegations levied against me, the SafeSport rules prevent me from doing so since the case remains pending,” he wrote in an email to the outlet. “I note only that the SafeSport notice of allegation itself stated that an allegation in no way constitutes a finding by SafeSport or that there is any merit to the allegation.”

After learning of Coughlin’s passing just one day after the statement was issued, the Professional Skater’s Association addressed his “heartbreaking” death.

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“It is with the greatest of sadness that PSA shares with you the heartbreaking news of the death of our colleague, John Coughlin,” the association told its members in a statement, which was obtained by PEOPLE. “The PSA wishes to extend our deepest sympathies to his family, father Mike, sister Angela, and friends.”

A rep at the Professional Skater’s Association did not immediately return PEOPLE’s request for comment.

Coughlin’s death coincides with the beginning of the National Figure Skating Championships in Detroit, where he was supposed to work as a commentator but could not under the rules of his suspension, according to USA Today.

Many people in the skating world have been mourning the loss of his passing, including his former coach Dalilah Sappenfield.

“Yesterday I received the most numbing, devastating, and heartbreaking call!… My heart aches incredibly to know John took his life yesterday,” she wrote as part of a long note on Facebook. “His family, the skating community, and I lost a very special man who lived his life with integrity and kindness.”

Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir offered his condolences on Twitter, writing, “John Coughlin was a person who made things fun. He was a person who was talented, had an incredible laugh & would go out of his way to cheer someone up. His kindness is something I’ll never forget and his light will be missed. My prayers are with his family & friends.”

John Coughlin was a person who made things fun. He was a person who was talented, had an incredible laugh & would go out of his way to cheer someone up. His kindness is something I’ll never forget and his light will be missed. My prayers are with his family & friends.— Johnny Weir (@JohnnyGWeir) January 19, 2019

Chris Knierim, a member of a pairs Olympic Figure Skating team, tweeted that he had “no words” and was “so sad,” before coming to Coughlin’s defense in response to tweets from people who he thinks prematurely drew conclusions about the allegations in the absence of an official outcome.

I’m behaving as if there is no conviction. I’m not heavy on one side or the other. When the final verdict comes out after the investigation is over I will not fight it. True or false it’s all a terrible situation for everyone involved.— Chris Knierim (@ChrisKnierim) January 19, 2019

“I’m behaving as if there is no conviction,” he wrote. “I’m not heavy on one side or the other. When the final verdict comes out after the investigation is over I will not fight it. True or false it’s all a terrible situation for everyone involved.”

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text “help” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or go to

Bryan Cranston, Sarah Hyland, Evan Rachel Wood and More Stars Attend 2019 Women’s March

The third-annual Women’s March was held in numerous cities across the globe on Saturday, and many celebrities joined women across the country to protest against the policies of President Donald Trump.

In New York City, Bryan Cranston appeared on a balcony on Broadway, where he is currently starring in Network, to cheer on the crowd and show his support.

“The Women’s March from my balcony at the Belasco Theater in New York!” Cranston, 62, wrote on Instagram, alongside a video of the “exciting” day.

“Exciting to witness and support these powerful women of all ages, colors and creeds. Change is coming!” he wrote, alongside the hashtags “#womensmarch #womanempowerment.”

View this post on Instagram The Women’s March from my balcony at the Belasco Theater in New York! Exciting to witness and support these powerful women of all ages, colors and creeds. Change is coming! #womensmarch #womanempowerment #theatre #networkonbroadway A post shared by Bryan Cranston (@bryancranston) on Jan 19, 2019 at 1:04pm PST

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In Los Angeles, a handful of famous faces came out to support the march, including Connie Britton, Evan Rachel Wood, Laverne Cox, Lea Thompson, Adam Rippon and Ingrid Michaelson.

“Got to hang with these lovelies at the #womensmarch today,” the Westworld star, 31, captioned a shot of herself standing alongside Britton and Michaelson at the event.

Britton, 51, and Rippon, 29, also shared photographs on their Instagram Stories of themselves posing with marchers.

View this post on Instagram Got to hang with these lovelies at the #womensmarch today. ????????????????? @ingridmichaelson A post shared by Evan Rachel Wood (@evanrachelwood) on Jan 19, 2019 at 1:48pm PST View this post on Instagram So much love for this badass of a woman. @lea_thompson ?????#womensmarch A post shared by Evan Rachel Wood (@evanrachelwood) on Jan 19, 2019 at 1:54pm PST Adam Rippon

Sarah Hyland, Marisa Tomei, Lance Bass and Britton, who wore a shirt reading “Until we’re all equal,” also spoke to the crowds at the L.A. march.

Laverne Cox Lance Bass Sarah Hyland Marisa Tomei Connie Britton

Variety previously reported that Laura Dern would be speaking at the Los Angeles march, but on Saturday the Big Little Lies actress told her followers that her flight from France was delayed.

However, Dern did have something positive and uplifting to share: “The great news is we’re on Air France and our pilot is female and globally only three percent of pilots are female,” she said.

“So while you’re all marching, thank you so much,” she added. “We have a lot of work to do so keep marching. Happy Women’s March!”

Amy Schumer, who is currently pregnant with her first child, also supported the march online, as it appeared she was unable to attend.

“Sending strength to all of the women marching today!!” she wrote alongside a sonograph of her baby on the way. “We won’t stop cause we can’t stop! Even my baby knows it.”

View this post on Instagram Sending strength to all of the women marching today!! We won’t stop cause we can’t stop! Even my baby knows it A post shared by @ amyschumer on Jan 19, 2019 at 11:16am PST

Despite the mission of the Women’s March, this year’s event has been battling negative press.

The co-president of Women’s March Inc., Tamika Mallory, has been criticized for her association with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who has often used anti-Semitic and homophobic rhetoric. She upset many supporters of the Women’s March after posting a photo with him and describing him as “the GOAT” (greatest of all time).

Mallory didn’t fully condemn Farrakhan when she appeared on The View with co-president Bob Bland on Jan. 14, despite her organization’s anti-hate premise.

On the program, Mallory argued that while she does not agree “with many of Minister Farrakhan’s statements,” she can still appreciate his efforts on behalf of the black community.

“Everywhere that I go is difficult,” Mallory told co-host Meghan McCain. “The Women’s March was very difficult. I met with a lot of women who did not even understand why race was [an] important… part of the conversation as it relates to women’s rights issues.”

The organization also faced a wave of anger because of accusations of anti-Semitism amongst the leadership, which stemmed from a lengthy December report by Tablet, a Jewish news magazine. All of the accusations have been forcefully denied multiple times.

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In light of the negative attention, a number of groups have decided to stop sponsoring the Women’s March.

One of the biggest is the Democratic National Committee, which no longer appeared on the list of official sponsors on the website after the co-presidents were interviewed on The View, according to The Daily Beast.

Women’s March Inc. did not respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

As in the past two years, the march in Washington, D.C. will likely be most closely watched.

Saturday’s D.C. march drew less protestors than expected, as it appeared that only thousands attended, according to The Washington Post. The outlet went on to report that marches across the country also experienced lower turnouts than in past years.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg minifigure joins The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part

Bow down before your next Supreme: the official Ruth Bader Ginsburg minifigure.

The 85-year-old Supreme Court Justice will enter the world of The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, with the blessing of Notorious RBG herself.

The photo proof comes by way of USA Today, which states the figure will make her debut in a new teaser for the film airing this Sunday.

“These movies are so full of surprises. And we were thinking, ‘Who’s the last person you would think to see in a Lego film as a minifig?’ Ruth Bader Ginsburg!” director Mike Mitchell told the publication. “And we’re all huge fans. It made us laugh to think of having her enter this world.”

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is stepping out in a new role — a gavel-wielding minifigure in @TheLEGOMovie 2! See the photos, exclusively revealed here:— USA TODAY Life (@usatodaylife) January 19, 2019

The character, it seems, won’t constitute a voice role from Ginsburg, just her likeness.

According to Mitchell, the filmmakers reached out to her office to ask permission to use her image. “She said, ‘Of course, I’d love to be a Lego figure. That would be cool,'” Mitchell, said.

This also means we’ll be getting an official RBG LEGO figure from the film’s LEGO sets.

In The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, two siblings are playing with their LEGO play sets, prompting a battle between Bricksburg and aliens from the Systar System, which is ruled by Tiffany Haddish’s Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi. Ginsburg’s figure is said to make an appearance within the little sister’s realm.

When Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks) is kidnapped, Master Builder Emmett (Chris Pratt) and his brick buds set out on a mission to confront these foes.

Phil Lord and Chris Miller returned to produce and write the feature, which will bow in theaters on Feb. 8.

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